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Lovers of rodent anthro artwork!
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Meet Junior :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 11 5 Tsuyoku Naritai and Happy Halloween! :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 4 2 Sufficiently Advanced, in Weirdtopia :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 6 0 Life and Voyages in Weirdtopia :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 8 12 Weirdtopia's Newest Immigrant :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 18 6 Bunny Paragliding :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 7 1 Wild Spiders :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 4 0 Mouse-Sparrow Griffonlet :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 5 0
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Halloween Ratty :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 7 3
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S.I. Portrait: Bunny Waldeinsamkeit :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 38 11
S.I. Cover Page :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 2 10
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S.I.: Book One: Chapter One: Re-Awakening :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 2 3
Deecisions, page 6 of 6: Punishment :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 13 1 Deecisions, page 4 of 6: Payment :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 6 0 Deecisions, page 3 of 6: Hypospray :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 8 0 Deecisions, page 2 of 6: Datapad :icondatapacrat:DataPacRat 6 0

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Rat Swingin' :iconnezumi46:Nezumi46 27 7 Map of Ponyville - Photo Guide - v3.2 :iconaurek-skyclimber:Aurek-Skyclimber 206 47 Mirror Mirror - Commission :iconulario:Ulario 91 8
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Yuki's Salute :iconr-complex25:R-Complex25 6 10
Rat Anatomy Compilation.
Rats are very fascinating little creatures. They have small hands like humans, minus the thumbs. They are intelligent and social, and each rat has a unique personality. They can also easily stand on their hind legs, making them an easy transition to an anthropomorphic form for stories and art.
Unfortunately, though, they are damn difficult to draw, and there are precious few resources for those wishing to delve into their anatomical structure (certainly me included). So I will be collecting references, both photos and drawings, that I think might be helpful to someone looking to draw my charming friend Rattus norvegicus (and perhaps some of his closest family members). I will probably add to this from time to time as I find new resources, so please feel free to suggest things that you think might be useful!
Scans from "An Illustrated Dissection Guide to the Rat," by Allen Kurta
Lineart only, these are not gory
Rat Skeleton:
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Divine Influence :iconecmajor:ecmajor 489 114 Squeak! - Commission :iconsbneko:sbneko 74 5 Slip N Steel :iconratofblades:Ratofblades 35 6 NIMH Calibur Isis :iconmeecesmikmouse:MeecesMikMouse 17 8 Canterlot :iconalexmakovsky:alexmakovsky 2,253 334 In-System Traveller :iconcolourbrand:Colourbrand 175 122 RAIR :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 82 11 Gasdynamic Mirror Fusion Ship :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 74 16 Approaching Enceladus :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 67 15 Braking at Mars :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 72 10 SDV Royal Sovereign :iconnel-c:Nel-C 3 0


Yesterday was... a day. Each day for a week or three, I've been hauling some books down from my spare-bedroom-turned-library, and boxing and bagging them up. (Speed limited thanks to dust and asthma.) Yesterday they finally went out my door, to a van, and to a local used-book-store dealer. I consciously tried to avoid keeping too close track, but have spent enough time trying to ingrain the skills of estimation so that I'm confident in saying "somewhere north of 500 books".

... And that's just been the SF&F novels so far.

After spending some weeks looking around for options, my total income from this operation: not one ¢. Cash spent on the books: Well, if you assume a cover price of around $10... "a lot". Though at least it's been spread over the past 30 years.

I can definitely say that I am not feeling happy. What I /am/ feeling is... not an emotion that's come up that often in such novels. I've been applying some of the teachings of the Stoics, which is enough to keep me from spiralling into one of my depressive bouts. And, roughly a year ago, I consciously made the choice to try to stop buying physical copies of books, movies, games, and such, which required a lot more of a re-adjustment of my self-identity than I'd anticipated, so I can't say I wasn't expecting any of this. And I've found ebook copies of most of what I lost, so if I want to read some Asimov, Bear, Clarke, Dickson, Heinlein, Pratchett, Anthony, Chalker, or any of the rest of the old gang, I still can. But emotional responses don't always respond the way your intellect thinks they should, so... there's still a sense of loss.

... and there's still the /rest/ of my library to go through, and to decide what I'm most willing to lose.

I'm coping, though. I have three writing projects in-progress, which I can switch between to distract myself, without wasting time regressing all the way into comforting 1980's cartoons and emulated video games. In fact, earlier this week, I finally managed to arrange a trip to a store a hundred kilometres away, where I spent my entire rainy day fund and them some to buy a pile of physical reference books which it's essentially impossible to buy anywhere else, nevermind in ebook form; and I plan on spending a few hours this evening in a coffee shop, with a few such books and my laptop, collating and compiling and generally creating something I think is more useful out of it all. And /these/ books aren't ones I expect /anyone/ sane would ever throw away. So, er, I guess I'm finishing this journal with some sort of circle-of-literary-life reference. Though, given the nature of the furry fandom, that's all too likely to devolve into some kind of Lion-King-based vore/unbirth/etc tangent that non-fans would have a hard time distinguishing from a Giger-esque or Bosch-ian nightmare. Hm, maybe I should write a journal about how an important aspect of the fan is being willing to distinguish between one aspect of an activity, such as physical closeness and activity, from other aspects of that activity that would necessarily be attached if it were applied in the real world, such as pain and death? ... Maybe not, since that's just about all I can think of /to/ say on the subject.

Ah well; I've got a few messages to catch up on for at least one of those projects, so this is me, signing off.


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Daniel Boese
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
I'm an urban hermit, a hiker, a rationalist, a skeptic, a freethinker, an empiricist, a materialist, a naturalist, a scientist, a bibliophile, an INTJ, a white hat hacker, a secular humanist, a teetotaler, a social-liberal civil-libertarian monarchist, a furry fan, a playtester, a licensed amateur radio operator, an ordained minister of the First Church of Atheism, a card-carrying pirate, the Star Lord, a Lord of the Rose, and a proud member of the Bayesian Conspiracy.

I try to operate by Crocker's Rules.


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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
Thanks for the fave :)
LilSasu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey muchacho!
Zyonji Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for watching me! I'm taking a break from drawing right now, but I'll start uploading again later this month, I promise (:
sanwae Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the watch! :D
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Happy Birthday! :D
DataPacRat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you kindly. :)
Zaphkiellane Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers to your continued existence! Happy birthday! 
DataPacRat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, I appreciate the thought. :)
rubbervixen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
Happy Birthday!
DataPacRat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
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